Klein’s Korner – Rich Klein is a veteran hobbyist with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Each month, Rich shares his thoughts and insights about the hobby in Klein’s Korner. He has worked as a pricing analyst for Beckett Media. He also is a catalog maintenance expert for COMC. He’s been a freelance writer for various hobby publications through the years. He continues to run his own monthly show in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area. As a GTS exclusive, Klein’s Korner brings collectors and industry professionals his unique take on the hobby every month. Rich’s views are obviously his own and do not necessarily reflect those of GTS Distribution. You can follow Rich on Twitter @sabrgeek
Klein’s Korner: The Hobby is Truly the People – Many of us believe those words, but in the past year or so, nothing has ever been more true.
Klein’s Korner: Record hobby history – As one of my hobby mentors, Frank Barning, always said: “Everyone has an article in them.” Now’s the time to record that article.
Klein’s Korner: Great down-time activity – There was a major benefit to staying inside for a week amid the snow and ice storm in Texas.
Klein’s Korner: Women in the Hobby Catch-Up – Let’s do some catching up and also mention some people not featured before in my writing.
Klein’s Korner: Crack of the wax starts season – the hot streak of our beloved hobby is leading to a competitive marketplace for one of the most popular brands.
Klein’s Korner: Don’t always blame dealers for card pricing! – While going through my inventory and preparing my next dealing show in Allen, Texas I came across a 2003 Topps Draft Pick and Prospects Kliff Kingsbury rookie card. There are now three copies of this card which have been sold over the previous 90 days. My question was at what price between $1 and $2 do I use for pricing.
Klein’s Korner: Tennis (cards) anyone? – Flashback: Thinking about a day early in 1991 after moving to Dallas a few months earlier, I was in one of the First Base stores and local dealer Gervise Ford is telling Wayne Grove and myself that a new Tennis set is being produced. (Side note: Gervise is one of the best people I ever met in the hobby and helped one Dr. James Beckett become part of the burgeoning hobby way back in the day).
Klein’s Korner: New chat landscape – First of all, I would like to wish everyone happy holidays and may 2021 be a far better yearthan 2020 for all of us. A note for 2021 here: is that we have been transitioning this column to use the present to focus more on the past and the trend will continue in 2021. This will be the best of yesterday and today; but if a really important current topic hits we will discuss.